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Final Report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing

Toronto, Ontario, January 26, 2016 -The Ontario Region of the Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada welcomes the release of the City’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and its recommendations. We strongly urge Toronto City Council to follow Mayor Tory’s lead in accepting the report and work to ensure that its recommendations are carried through in a timely manner.

While the report contains many insightful recommendations, the transition of TCHC into a new community-based non-profit may well be the most transformative. We believe that empowering residents is the best way to improve their lives and the surrounding community. As the co‑op model has shown for decades, there are more effective ways to deliver affordable housing when residents have an opportunity to play a larger role in their communities.

CHF Canada’s Ontario Region also calls on the Federal and Provincial governments to play their roles in supporting the important work of transformative change at TCHC, as well as making the legislative changes as put forward in the report. In partnership with the Co‑operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT), we look forward to working closely with the City of Toronto and senior levels of government to ensure the challenging work of transforming TCHC into a new community-based housing organization proceeds expeditiously.

CHF Canada Ontario Region is the voice of Ontario’s co‑operative housing movement. Its members include over 500 non-profit housing co‑operatives and other organizations across the province. More than 125,000 Ontarians live in housing co‑ops, in every region of the province.

View the final report: http://bit.ly/1VoBkvX

For more information:

Harvey Cooper, Managing Director, Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Region
416-809-5048 (cell)
hcooper@chfcanada.coop